Agriculture has been an engine for economic growth and development in Southeast Asia, lifting millions out of poverty and positioning the region and potential powerhouses, such as Myanmar, to be a source of global food security. Today the region faces new challenges to meet growing demand, with risks from natural resource scarcity, shocks from food price volatility, and climate change.
Lisa Dreier, director for Food Security and Development Initiatives for the World Economic Forum, discusses some challenges faced by South East Asia in the agricultural sector.
With a growing population and limited plantation area, there is need to increase production and yield for various crops. One way to do this is to use agricultural machinery, but small scaled farms have low funds. What can be done?
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